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Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner “Como” Pendant Light


Condition: In excellent condition.

Materials: Opaque mouth blown glass, brass, metal socket.

Total Height: 80 cm – 31.49”

Height: 33 cm – 12.99”

Width: 28 cm – 11.02”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 – 1 x 100 watt – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, preferably a white/opaque bulb, a clear bulb creates stripes on the wall.

Period: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner (1920-2003).

Manufacturer: Made and sold by Peill & Putzler in Düren, Germany and also produced for Raak Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner designed several lights in this style for Peill & Putzler that were also sold by Raak Amsterdam.

Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner was born in Reichenberg, Germany in 1920. He studied at the Staatliche Fachschule für Glasindustrie (State Technical College for the Glass Industry) in Zwiesel for 1934 until 1935. He worked as a freelancer for Peill & Putzler from 1953 until 1958. After that he started to work as an independent for Erco lighting, also in Germany. He died in München, Germany in 2003.

The Dutch company “Raak Amsterdam” was founded in 1954 by C.O. Lockhorn, a previous employee of Philips Lighting Eindhoven. Raak, which means “to hit” in Dutch, implies design which precisely “hits the nail on the head”. Raak Lighting is best known for their organic modern design of the 1970’s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

This lamp appears in the Raak catalogue 4 from 1958.

Glashüttenwerk Peill und Sohn was founded in 1903 in Düren, a small town in (West) Germany. Peill und Sohn merged with Putzler (founded in 1869) in 1947 as a glass works and lighting company and became Peill + Putzler Glashüttenwerke.

The company always worked with other important designers as Wilhelm WagenfeldWilliam Brown, Helmut Demary, Horst Tüselmann and so on.

In the 1950s 1500 people where working for the company. They also produced glass for other light companies in Europe, such as Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In 1995 the production of glass and lights moved to Slovenia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Only the trading of lamps en glass stayed in Düren.  1 year after the 100st anniversary in 2004, bankruptcy was filed.

In 2007 the name Peill + Putzler was re-used for a while for the Wagenfeld lighting of the German lighting company of Paul Neuhaus.

Today the Peill & Putzler factory is called Glashütte Düren and is converted to many other businesses and conference center.

This light is often confused with the Satellite pendant lamp Vilhelm Wohlert designed for Louis Poulsen, but the Satellite does not have the motifs on it and is completely opaque.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner website

Wikipedia: Peill & Putzler

Glashütte Düren:


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